This article is featured in the July 2017 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
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“Lake Leelanau runs a slender 17 miles north to south, and rising like a rampart along much of the west side is a ridge that blunts prevailing winds blowing in off Lake Michigan nearby. Technically the lake is a dam backwater, first formed when the original Leland dam was built in 1854, raising the levels of three lakes and the connecting streams, but the water’s enduring narrowness keeps it feeling ever poised between life as a river and life as a lake.
The long reach of protected, still, clean water could not be better for rowing crews and their sleek and elegant boats—craft that echo the very shape of the lake. So imagine what it was like for Erik Zehender. He grew up at Fountain Point and discovered…” Read the full article Here!